Government Schools Update

Government Schools Update

As you are aware the Department for Education has announced that “from 1 June we expect to be able to ask primary schools to welcome back children in nursery, Reception, year 1 and year 6. We will also ask secondary schools, sixth form and further education colleges to offer some face-to-face support before the summer holidays to supplement the remote education of year 10 and year 12 students who are due to take key exams next year”. As a College we have been predicting that schools will be asked to partially reopen in a phased and staggered manner. This is going to be a challenge for students, parents and staff and we await further guidance from the government over the next few days. I appreciate there will be mixed views amongst our community, as there are nationally, about children returning to school during this period of uncertainty. However, what I do want to share with you is that the health, safety and wellbeing of all members of the College community is of paramount importance and will be pivotal to any plans put in place for the College’s reopening.

The prospect of having our students return to College is one that we certainly welcome as we are most keen to get back to learning together, but we won’t take any steps without feeling confident that staff and students will be safe.  We already have plans in place to adapt the way we work to facilitate social distancing and we scrutinise the guidance from the government on a daily basis.  When we return, we feel confident that our students will be responsible and respectful and demonstrate the same excellent attitude they did before the closure period which will allow us all to learn together and stay safe.

With my kind regards

Jeremy Plumb